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Edexcel Example Essays

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When it comes to writing essays, it can be really hard to know how to structure them because you cannot keep the style from GCSE, it’s just not complex and sophisticated enough. You may also not know how to write a great introduction or conclusion!

You may have noticed that there are a couple of A grade sample essays that we have been set by our teacher and put up on this blog to help you. But we know that not everyone is aiming for or will be able to write at A grade so Edexcel has provided a document with 5 example essays which were awarded various grades/levels, which not enough students know about.

I found these really helpful at the start of the year when I had no clue how to write a really good essay (they are also written about the poems we are studying so you’ll also be able to understand the poems better and get ideas for essay content whilst learning about the structure of an essay!)

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/English%20Literature/2015/teaching-and-learning-materials/AS_poetry_exemplar_pack.pdf

You can find the mark scheme and a couple of practise questions on the Edexcel website which can be helpful for revision too. Comment below for the link if you struggle to find it, the Edexcel website is a bit of a minefield

By Ella

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The extract

"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world. Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"

He had frisked into the sitting-room, and was now standing there: perfectly winded.

"There's the saucepan that the gruel was in!" cried Scrooge, starting off again, and going round the fireplace.

"There's the door, by which the Ghost of Jacob Marley entered! There's the corner where the Ghost of Christmas Present, sat! There's the window where I saw the wandering Spirits! It's all right, it's all true, it all happened. Ha ha ha!"

Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs!

From Stave V, A Christmas Carol

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